Author: Staff

2015 Oscar Prediction Showdown

Okay, it’s not a showdown. We’re not keeping score. But if you’re having trouble filling out your Oscar predictions and need a little help, you could do worse than these two fellas. Josh Rosenfield and David Shreve offer their guesses below, all for fun. Best Animated Feature Nominees Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How To Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Josh Prediction: How To Train Your Dragon 2 – With the absence of The Lego Movie leaving a major power vacuum in this category, it’s tough to see an obvious front-runner. History...

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Our Favorite Fictional Movie Presidents

Our film fanaticism is borderline unhealthy here.  For most of the staff of Audiences Everywhere, it’s difficult to understand anything without putting it into film terms first.  So it’s no surprise that today’s holiday sparked a conversation about our favorite fictional movie presidents.  Below is a list of the best candidates. President James Marshall, Air Force One (Sean Fallon) My favorite movie president is President James Marshall, played by Harrison Ford in 1997’s Air Force One (aka The last good Harrison Ford film). When Air Force One is taken over by shifty Russian shits led by Gary Oldman, it’s...

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The 50 Best Movies of the Half Decade

It occurred to us recently that we have just reached the mid-point of the current decade. And, given that we love to list things, we saw this midway point as an opportunity to make a giant list. We attempted to approach this democratically. History will tell you that democracy, in its infantile stages, is hard and violent. Over the last week, there has been betrayal amongst friends, tears shed, and factions developed. What follows is the fruit of this battle– an alphabetical list of the fifty best films of the first half of the current decade (2010-Present). A list...

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Movies You May Have Missed in 2014

Diego Crespo Suggests: Wetlands Shock cinema is bad, and it should feel bad. It’s nothing more than just a cheap attempt at making audiences squeal in disgust (torture porn falls into this category). So why the hell do I love Wetlands so damn much? It’s not an easy viewing and will most likely test your gag reflex. Don’t worry about that. Why Wetlands succeeds is because of its willingness to explore its protagonist, Helen, just as she is willing to explore all aspects of her sexuality. Josh Rosenfield Suggests: Under the Skin Normally, a film like this would struggle to break out of critical circles, but Under...

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Audiences Everywhere’s Staff Picks for Best Films of 2014

Staff Picks for the Best Films of 2014 Diego Crespo 1) The Lego Movie I’m still in awe of how much I loved The Lego Movie. Lord & Miller have crafted a movie about embracing creativity, self-expression, all within a project that was conceptualized under corporate greed. They’ve beaten the system in the most heart-warming way possible. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Everything is awesome. 2) Boyhood As a movie, Boyhood isn’t perfect. But neither are we. The execution is far from perfunctory, but that’s not what this movie is about. Boyhood is about the struggles of growing up....

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The Worst Films of 2014 and Our Harsh Reactions

It’s the time of year in which the internet is saturated with “Best of” and “Worst of” lists.  We’re kicking off our own year-end avalanche of superlatives by airing out our curmudgeonly side first.  Let’s wash our memories of the worst that 2014 had to offer so we can spend the rest of the year celebrating the positive. Below, you’ll find our bitter, angry, condescending reactions to our worst movie-going experiences this year, our most brutal takedowns of every film to which we assigned a D or F grade.  Feel free to set the record straight if you disagree...

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2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Nominations

The Chicago Film Critics Association has been presenting its annual awards to film works, performances, and individuals since 1989.  The nominees for the 2014 season were announced on December 12, 2014.  A full list of nominees can be found below. BEST PICTURE Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Under the Skin Whiplash   BEST DIRECTOR Wes Anderson: The Grand Budapest Hotel David FincherL Gone Girl Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Birdman Richard Linklater: Boyhood Christopher Nolan: Interstellar BEST ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch: The Imitation Game Jake Gyllenhaal: Nightcrawler Michael Keaton: Birdman David Oyelowo: Selma Eddie Redmayne: The Theory of Everything BEST ACTRESS...

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

This morning at Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Eva Longoria announced the nominees for this years Screen Actors Guild (or SAG) Awards. A full list of nominees is presented below.  The nominees for the film categories are presented below. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carrell:  Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberatch:  The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal: Nightcrawler  (Open Road Films) Michael Keating: Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Eddie Redmayne:  The Theory of Everything (Focus Features) Outstanding Performance by a...

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2014 National Board of Review Awards Annoucements

The National Board of Review has been around supporting and recognizing artistic achievement in film for 104 years.  Their awards ceremony has been held annually since 1930.  Award Winners for 2014 were announced on December 2, 2014. A complete list of winners is provided below. Winners Best Film:  A Most Violent Year Best Director:  Clint Eastwood: American Sniper Best Actor (TIE):  Oscar Isaac: A Most Violent Year; Michael Keaton: Birdman Best Actress: Julianne Moore: Still Alice Best Supporting Actor:  Edward Norton: Birdman Best Supporting Actress:  Jessica Chastain: A Most Violent Year Best Original Screenplay:  Phil Lord & Christopher Miller:...

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The ABCs of Scorsese U – Z

U is for Underrated Films: So, we all know the Raging Bulls (1980) and the Taxi Drivers and the Goodfellas. But as we wind down the alphabet, what are some of Martin Scorsese’s other films that no one talks about nearly as much as they should? Well, my favorite is The King of Comedy, but even more overlooked is After Hours (1985). There’s also Bringing out the Dead (1999), which stars Nicolas Cage as a haggard Manhattan ambulance paramedic plagued by the patients he couldn’t save. Some of Scorsese’s earlier films that are oft forgotten include Boxcar Bertha (1972) and New York, New York (1977), a classic in its own way. So, with a filmography as bountiful and varied as Scorsese’s—a filmography which I’m admittedly still working my way through—it’s easy to lose sight of some really great gems that simply never reached the status of his other films.  V is for Voice-Overs: Voice-overs are often considered a crutch in many films, a ham-fisted way of delivering already apparent information or exposition. But, they are used with purpose in Scorsese’s filmography, adding shades of likeability to unlikeable characters and creating a closer relationship between the character and the audience (this is part of what makes Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, such a terrifying figure). The voice-overs also contribute largely to an aspect of Scorsese’s films that is often over-looked:...

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The ABCs of Scorsese P – T

P is for Preservation: In 1990, Martin Scorsese established The Film Foundation, along with a coalition of other big name directors including: Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert Redford. The Film Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring films in order to prevent deterioration. The foundation was started as a reaction to the loss of 50% of films made before 1950, and 90% of films that had been lost before 1929. The Film Foundation also hosts educational courses designed to...

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The ABCs of Scorsese K – O

K is for Keitel: While the number of times he’s worked with Scorsese haven’t reached the likes of Robert DeNiro, and his performances never achieved the same impact on popular culture or the awards circuit as Joe Pesci or Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel has been an instrumental figure in Martin Scorsese’s career. Both men allowed for each other to get their start in Hollywood. Since 1967, Keitel has been featured in a total of five Scorsese films. Scorsese’s debut film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door? was also Keitel’s debut as an actor. While his career has typically typecast...

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The ABCs of Scorsese F – J

F is for Female Characters: The age old debate— does Scorsese write/direct weak, underdeveloped female characters? I think the answer, at least, is complicated, and that a lot of his female characters get a lot more flack than they deserve. Are they met with misogyny and sexism and sexual objectification from male characters in his films? Yes, often times they are, that is undeniable. But, some of them also have a lot more spunk than they’re given credit for. Cate Blanchett’s performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004) is a standout, and Lorraine Bracco’s Karen in Goodfellas (1990)...

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The 15 Best Stephen King Movie Adaptations

Here at AE, we’ve spent the entire month of October celebrating our favorite and least favorite horror features.  It only seems right that we close out with a conversation about the reigning King.  With the help of Schyler Martin, we’ve ranked our selections for the fifteen best Stephen King movie adaptations. 15) The Stand miniseries It’s cheesy today, yes, but it’s not the miniseries’ fault that it was made in 1994. If nothing else, an attempt to comprehensively tackle such a massive book is admirable. Say what you will about The Stand, but it’s not lacking in passion. 14) Silver Bullet Great...

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Let’s Talk Trilogies: Our Staff Picks Favorites

All of this celebrating of Edgar Wright’s thematic and stylistic trilogy got us thinking again.  And then talking again.  And a hearty discussion ensued regarding trilogies.  They’re such a prominent fixture in the film canon that it’s difficult to come to any consensus on what makes a good trilogy, let alone to determine what is the best trilogy.  So below, we take turns discussing some of our favorite trilogies, starting off with…you guessed it. Travis Losh: Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy The Cornetto Trilogy is the best thing to happen to the world since beer was invented. Each of these...

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